In Moon Camp Pioneers each team’s mission is to 3D design a complete Moon Camp using Fusion 360. They also have to explain how they will use local resources, protect astronauts from the dangerous of space and describe the living and working facilities.
The name of our team is STEAM 3000. Our lunar camp will consist of 2 semicircular domes fully connected. The base will be divided into 6 departments: laboratory, vegetable garden, kitchen, gym, purifying filters and bath.
2.1 Where do you want to build your Moon Camp?
It will be sited on CR1 area. We chose it because the sun shines over it for 320 days a year, so we could obtain energy from solar cells with ease. Near the site there is a mass of ice that will allow us to obtain water and oxygen. Given the high temperatures, the neon in the lunar air would be used as a cryogenic cooler – recollecting that neon and using it to refrigerate the domes-, to assure the habitability of the installation.
2.2 How do you plan to build your Moon Camp? Describe the techniques, materials and your design choices.
We will need to build the domes an iron and nickel alloy plus a translucent polycarbonate. We will need to search for some meteorite called siderolites given they contain a high proportion of iron and nickel. So we could produce the needed alloy using the energy produced by the solar cells. We will build the camp by modules, first the two domes and then the vegetable garden that will be made of the translucent polycarbonate we would bring with us from Earth to allow the vegetables to be able to make the photosynthesis.
2.3 The environment on the Moon is very dangerous for the astronauts. Explain how your Moon Camp will protect them. (maximum 150 words)
We could build-in cooler systems into our astronaut suits to be able to resist the heat and radiation of both the Moon and Sun. We could add an extra layer to our astronaut suits to resist radiation. To protect the domes we will use iron from the siderolites to produce mirror painting to paint them and reflect radiation.
2.4 Explain how your Moon Camp will provide the astronauts with:
We could obtain water by heating the ice near our camp at CR1. This process will need the addition of neon to cool the water and avoid it passing into gas directly from ice due to the high temperatures at CR1. We need to produce a liquefaction process and then use the helium, gathered from the proper Moon “atmosphere”, to purify that water.
We will build a vegetable garden of 10m per 5m with some plants and seeds bring from Earth, as well as soil and fertilisers. We will prepare three benches and in each one we will seed a different king of vegetable: lettuce, as it can be harvested very fast and is is very nutritive; in the second one turnips, as it can be harvested twice a month; in the third one peas, as it can be harvested in 10 days, so we could obtain vegetables very fast. We could also plant others to renew the installation air as pothos and snake plants, as they are very durable and easy to grow. The benches will be protected to avoid losing too much soil and nutrients.
we could produce energy by using “solar ink” to paint surfaces. That ink uses nanotechnology to transform the Sun rays into energy.
Oxygen can be obtained by heating the soil to extreme temperatures, so it will be better to extract it from the hottest parts of the Moon to save energy in the heating process.
2.5 Explain what would be the main purpose of your Moon Camp.
The aim of our camp is to be able to investigate the Moon and take advantage of its raw materials to be able to survive during the investigation. Also we could have insights into daily living on the Moon and how it would affect the human body living under so low gravity.
3.1 Describe a day on the Moon for your Moon Camp astronaut crew.
Our daily routine would begin very early with a simple breakfast and some exercise -we need to exercise daily to avoid ill effect of weightlessness on our bodies.We will work in teams so while some rest some others will work: investigations, working on the vegetable garden and maintenance will be the main areas. Every day we will meet to spend some time sharing our experiences and maintaining contact with the other members of the team to cultivate relationships and emotional equilibrium. While most of us sleep one or two people will remain on guard to avoid accidents or incoming unexpected dangers.
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